Kansas CEO Flees State - Writes Scathing Critique of Gov. Brownback's Disastrous Reign
Jeff Blackwood, CEO of Pathfinder Health innovations, a 26-person private company that provides services to behavioral therapy centers erving autistic people, issued a ferocious attack on Kansas’ “trickle down’ economics,” citing Governor Sam Brownback’s conservative economic policy as the driving force behind his decision to relocate to Missouri.
“It’s not so much that I’m moving the company to Missouri as I’m moving it away from Kansas,” Blackwood said in an extensive blog post addressing the move.
“Kansas has become a test center of ‘trickle down’ economics, espoused by economist Arthur Laffer during the Reagan years,” Blackwood wrote. “Nowhere has there been as thorough an implementation of Laffer’s policy recommendations—and nowhere has there been as dramatic a failure of government.”
Blackwood said Brownback’s administration starves “the state of resources to the point where it just makes sense to turn over critical government functions to for-profit entities,” citing the state’s Medicaid program and funding for a mental hospital among the programs affected by Brownback’s policies.
“I can’t, in good conscience, continue to give our tax money to a government that actively works against the needs of its citizens,” Blackwood continued, calling Kansas “a state that is systematically targeting the citizens in most need, denying them critical care and reducing their cost of life as if they’re simply a tax burden that should be ignored.”
The CEO cited the “resposibility of business owners and people with some voice in society” to speak up against destructive policies, saying he does ”not in any way support the Brownback administration’s actions.”
“We take care of people here and that is exactly the opposite of what is occurring,” Blackwood wrote.